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Minty Sesame & Peas Rice

My love for Rice is no secret. I’ve discontinued gym trainers because of their disapproval of me eating rice :P Stories of how rice will make me fat fail to convert me into a rice hater. If I have to, I’ll fill Foodomania with rice recipes galore! ;) But don’t worry, that’s not gonna happen. I’m a patsy of diversity. But every now and then, I am gonna post a Rice recipe and you are going to read it patiently. Because believe me, Rice is awesome! :P
If you still cringe every time I post a Rice recipe, feel free to use the brown kind… That apparently retains more fiber and nutrients. And combined with peas, sesame & mint… you have a healthy & simple main course! For ages, my mom has been trying to make me eat Til ka laddoo, which is a sweet made out of sesame (that I absolutely hate!). If only she knew I would lap up anything if mixed with rice… :P :D

So, the recipe is short & simple.

If you have the time, wash & then soak the Basmati rice in warm water for 30 minutes. If you don’t have the time – just wash and set it aside.

Start by heating oil, adding cinnamon, cloves, slit green chilli & sesame seeds.

Once the dry spices start leaving an aroma (about a minute), add the onions & sauté for 3-4 minutes until they’re translucent.

Add the fresh peas (or thawed peas) and sauté for 2-3 minutes

Add the drained rice & mix well. Let it fry & dry out a bit (1 minute)

Add a bunch of mint leaves & mix well. You can skip the mint leaves if you want. But it adds a lovely flavor to the rice.

Immediately add salt to taste

Mix well. Do not sauté too much after adding the leaves or they’ll turn black & mushy.

Add water & let it come to a boil

Close the pan with a lid, simmer down to lowest heat possible & let it cook for 18-20 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked through. (the time and amount of water will vary according to the type of rice you use)

Serve hot with any side dish.

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Minty Sesame & Peas Rice
 
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Basmati rice (long aromatic rice) (or any rice.. but amount of water required will vary)
  • 2 cups Water
  • ½ cup sliced Onions
  • 1 cup fresh Mint leaves
  • ½ cup Peas (fresh or thawed)
  • 2 TBsp Sesame seeds (white til)
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 TBsp Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 2 Green Chilli (slit lengthwise) (remove seeds for a less spicy version)
Instructions
  1. If you have the time, wash & then soak the Basmati rice in warm water for 30 minutes. If you don't have the time - just wash and set it aside. (soakings helps the rice to cook faster)
  2. Start by heating oil, adding cinnamon, cloves, slit green chilli & sesame seeds.
  3. Once the dry spices start leaving an aroma (about a minute), add the onions & sauté for 3-4 minutes until they're translucent.
  4. Add the fresh peas (or thawed peas) and sauté for 2-3 minutes
  5. Add the drained rice & mix well. Let it fry & dry out a bit (1 minute)
  6. Add a bunch of mint leaves & mix well. You can skip the mint leaves if you want. But it adds a lovely flavor to the rice.
  7. Immediately add salt to taste
  8. Mix well. Do not sauté too much after adding the leaves or they'll turn black & mushy.
  9. Add water & let it come to a boil
  10. Close the pan with a lid, simmer down to lowest heat possible & let it cook for 18-20 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked through. (the time and amount of water will vary according to the type of rice you use)
  11. Serve hot with any side dish.

 

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  • kitchen July 4, 2014, 5:46 pm

    Wonderful post and the recipe looks amazing.
    Thanks for sharing such wonderful post… :-)

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